Links


Some of our favorite swing-related links:

Swing dancing in Ireland…

DubLindy
DubLindy is there to put a swing in your step! With weekly classes in the Grand Social.

Galway Swing
The website for one of the Swing instructors in Galway. Weekly classes.

SwingJam
Another instructor in Galway.  Weekly classes.

SwingBelfast
A group that organises many classes (in various Swing styles) and events around the Belfast area.

BelleHoppers
More teachers and event organisers in Belfast!  Classes in Lindy Hop and Charleston.

Swing Dance Cork
Teachers and event organisers in Cork!  Classes in Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Solo Jazz.

Swing Out Cork
More teachers and event organisers in Cork!  Classes in Lindy Hop.

Hollywood Slim and the Fat Cats
The website for one of the coolest bands in Dublin, a hot swing-blues band! A must-see! Also formerly known as The Hi-Tones in a previous, larger incarnation.

The Long John Jump Band
The website for another groovy Dublin swing band, the Long John Jump Band! They also play loads of weddings (including ours), where they’ll do loads of non-swing stuff as well. Pretty much all our wedding guests thought they were the best wedding band ever. Check them out!

…in the U.K. …

England

Jitterbugs
A Swing Dance club in London.

Jive Connection
Swing in southern London and England.

The Lindy Circle
Instructors in London.

Live2Jive
Dance instructors in the UK. Fred and Becky are very nice people and they put on a great workshop every year called Swing Jam (see below).

London Swing Dance Society
Just what it sounds like. Lots of good dancing there!

The Swing Bunch
General Swing site for the London area.

Swingland
Site devoted to swing in London and around the UK. They teach and have nights on. Have been to C-Jam — one of their regular nights — and it is quite good.

SwingTastic
This website is primarily interested in promoting Hollywood Swing or Dean Collin’s Style Lindy Hop in the UK.

The Swing Time Dance Company
The official web site of Paul and Natasha from BBC’s Stictly Dance Fever! We didn’t see the audition episode(s), so we never saw them dance properly. There’s a great clip of them doing a routine on their site, though. Wow, they’re pretty damn good! Look at Paul go! 🙂

Kingdom of Dance
A site where you can find dancing events happening in the dance scene across the UK. Also suppliers of all dance shoes and dancewear.

Scotland

Edinburgh Swing Dance Society
Exactly what it says on the tin.

Fly Right Dance Company
Now the banner under which you can find the “Swing Out Scotland” gang in Edinburgh.

…and around the world

www.swingout.net
The main website for the swing music and dance scene in Portland, Oregon, Jamie’s home town. Cool place, lots of great dancers!

www.swingmap.com
A map with links to swing scenes all over the U.S.! Visiting a particular state? Go to this site, click on the state, and see what’s there!

Workshops / Camps / Exchanges

Herrang
Simply the most amazing dance camp in the world. Four fabulous weeks in July. Go for 1 week. Go for all 4 weeks. Just go.

Swing Jam
A fantastic workshop in England held on the last weekend in August. Great instructors from all over the world, and not too expensive. Well worth it.

The Lindy Exchange Homepage
All information about Lindy exchanges happening all over the place! An exchange in an event hosted by the dancers in a city, typically over a weekend (sometimes more), where they schedule lots of dance events (and some non-dance events for general socialising) and invite any and all dancers from outside the city to come to town. Dancers who visit for the exchange are generally hosted by the dancers from that city (that is, they provide you with a place to sleep in their home and bring you to the different dances and other events). It’s a great way to get to know dancers from other places in a fun, social atmosphere, and for the hosts to show off their city (and dance scene) to other dancers.

Clothing etc.

Dance Store
A U.S. website with tons of cool stuff. They no longer carry Bleyers (one of the best swing dance shoes around), but they do have a new line of shoes that looks very nice (haven’t tried them, but if Dance Store recommends them, you can be sure they’re good). U.S.-based, though, so if you live in Europe, you might try…

Lindy Hop Shop
Lindy Hop Shop U.K.-based site, so if you live in Europe, Bleyers (which are German-made) are good value, and shipping is also less than having stuff sent from the U.S. I don’t think they carry the full line of selection of Bleyers, though, so you might want to poke around a bit. LHS also carries lots of other stuff well worth a look, including instructional videos. [Note: LHS is part of the London Swing Dance Society site.]

Music

Proper Music
Oh yeah, baby! 4-CD box sets of all the jazz greats. Each set comes with a detailed booklet. Best of all, the sets are cheap! Great value for money.

We are no longer running
Swing Dance / Lindy Hop classes
or social nights

Farewell from Jamie and Clare

Hi Everyone,

The last year and a half of living under the shadow of Covid has wrought many changes to all of our lives. As well, it has been a period of reflection and introspection, of re-examination of priorities.

Following much consideration, changing of plans and of minds, reconsideration, indecision, trepidation, and finally acceptance, Clare and I have come to the difficult decision to step away from teaching dancing.

This truly has not been an easy decision for us. We have years — for me, Jamie, Covid stopped us about 3 weeks before the 19th anniversary of the first dance class I taught in Ireland — of happy memories and have met so many wonderful people over the years, that it’s hard to imagine that not being a part of our lives.

Or rather, it would have been difficult to imagine pre-covid. Having had that responsibility — of organising classes, organising DJs, finding venues, publicising, responding to emails, taking phone calls at any hour of the day, night or weekend, teaching twice a week for 45+ weeks per year, and doing all of that on top of day jobs and raising 2 kids, and as a result being physically and mentally exhausted most of the time — lifted from our shoulders for the first time in 19 years, it was so liberating, as you can probably imagine, given the above list! And we realised that it was something that we just need to do, for our own sakes and for our kids.

As it turns out, our hands would likely have been forced anyway, as I have now signed up for a 2-year course to add qualifications related to my work, and the classes are only on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

We don’t intend to stop dancing altogether. Teaching our classes was always great fun, and we enjoyed it immensely. At the same time, it made the dancing into work, and we both tended to avoid social dancing as a result. We hope that stepping back like this will help us to rediscover our joy in dancing again and do more actual social dancing.

All of that being said, it was still difficult to contemplate giving up our “baby”! I’ve been teaching and organising social dances since 2000, and Route 66 has been going since 2004! We know that the social night in particular is (or was!) a beloved part of many people’s weekly routines, and we wanted to be sure we could hand it over to someone who had many of the same philosophies of teaching and social dancing as us, and who could be relied upon to take over the organisational reins on a long-term basis without letting it drop. For us, Alan fit that bill perfectly, and we were SO happy that he was willing to take over the night from us.

Yes, there will likely be some changes — some due to his own style, some due to the realities of the post-Covid world (whenever that actually arrives!!), which may even necessitate a change of venue and/or night (as Alan himself will elaborate upon further himself) — but the relaxed, drop-in nature of the classes and many of the same DJs will remain the same, he’s got many of the Dublin-based teachers you all know lined up to teach the classes, and of course the most important thing that made the nights so special will also be there: all of YOU, the students and dancers! This night was never about us; it was always you guys and the special friendships you made while sharing dances that really built the community you all came to love so much.

So whenever and wherever Alan is finally able to bring the night back, go out and hit the dance floor and celebrate with each other, and bring back the joy you used to feel and have been missing for so long. And if you see us out dancing, be sure to come over and ask us for a dance!! 🕺 💃 🥰 🥰 🥰